Anyone who has attended a wine club pick up party for a Texas winery over the years has seen many changes as wineries have grown, expanded their wine selection, increased production, and increased the size of their memberships. Perissos Vineyard and Winery is one of the numerous Texas wineries that has been enjoying increased success and growth over the years with the production of many award-winning wines, and the expansion of their production facilities and tasting room. They have experienced the added benefit of increased visitors as more people are discovering and appreciating the quality and diversity of Texas hand crafted wines.
Their initial tasting room expanded two-fold a few years ago with the addition of their larger tasting and barrel room. This afforded more space to accommodate larger groups and numbers of people at their generous family style tables, and likewise allowed for more storage space for their ever-expanding number of wine barrels. The beauty of their long tasting room tables allows visitors to meet new friends while enjoying their wines with others at their table.
Pick up parties over the years have changed and definitely grown as many more individuals have joined their wine club, however the warmth that owners Seth and Laura Martin exude and their friendliness have never wavered, and you feel that same extension of gratitude and customer service from their staff. There is always a very welcoming feeling whenever you arrive here, and you sense the true love and appreciation for everything this great team has built in this little piece of “Heaven in Hoover Valley.”
Earlier parties in the tasting room included some light snacks with wine. Parties later evolved into themed events with decorated tables and buffet style food stations of small bites that tied into the pick up party theme. Holidays were always especially fun with tables of homemade fudge, candies, cookies, and assorted sweets to pair with the wines at pick up parties.
More recently, the parties have morphed again with the addition of their new larger production facility. Tasting stations have been set up outside by the vineyard and by the various buildings on site. During the warmer months, this provided visitors a wonderful opportunity to connect with the vineyard on a different level enjoying the outdoors and taking in the unique features and beauty of this lovely country vineyard.
Each tasting station featured various small bites to pair with each wine being poured. We enjoyed trying each small bite and getting new recipe ideas for wine pairings from each event. As always, we enjoyed chatting with other wine club members and expanding our circle of friends. You never know who you will meet, but you always feel a kindred spirit with other wine club members as you understand you both share the feeling that this is something special. Additionally, if Seth is around, you never know if he will invite you into the back for some special tasting. This past party was no exception, and we enjoyed a lovely lineup of how the vineyard has evolved over the years with a vertical tasting.
If you’ve never stopped by to visit the fine team at Perissos before, you should. Visiting during the holiday season is all the better as there is typically a huge fresh holiday tree in the tasting room, and holiday décor spread over the tables to help set the mood and get you into that holiday spirit. Additionally, you will feel comfortable and cared for from the minute you arrive. The staff are very attentive to your needs and are willing to help you with any questions. If you are not very familiar with the different varietals they offer, they are knowledgeable and can help you navigate your way across their tasting menu. The winery also has gift items from hats, shirts, and assorted dipping sauces for sale to accompany your wine purchases for those on your gift list. You will not be disappointed, plus you might just join their wine club so we can see you at the next pick up party.
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